By Thomas Clark Dewar

Western University of Health Sciences and State Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) will host a symposium about 21st century health care in California on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Prem Reddy Hall, Health Professions Center, 521 E. Third St., Pomona (Thomas Guide map page: 706-J7).

The guest speakers are: Herb Schultz, senior public policy adviser to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Dr. Brad Gilbert, executive officer, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP); and Dr. Tracey McNamara, professor of veterinary medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.

Schultz will be discussing “California Health Care Reform, and You.” Schultz has served as vice president of government programs for McKesson Health Solutions, where he oversaw the company’s disease management and nurse advice programs for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries.

Dr. Gilbert’s presentation will be about “Solving the Cost versus Quality Conundrum.” Dr. Gilbert is responsible for overseeing the marketing, medical services, network operating/contracting and operations departments at the IEHP.

Dr. McNamara will be concluding the presentations by discussing “Continued Gaps in Bio-surveillance – Have the Lessons of West Nile Virus Been Learned?” Dr. McNamara was the first to identify West Nile Virus in the United States and is currently a professor at Western University of Health Sciences.

“Health care reform involves all of us,” said Brenda Premo, Director

of the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences. “As patients, family and health providers, the more we know the more we can help inform the process.”

The symposium is the second in the two part series hosted by Western University and Assemblyman Dymally’s office.

For more information, please contact Dereck Andrade, Executive Director of Public Affairs at (909) 469-5205.